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Document Number: 10397

What Value Does Service Learning Have on Introductory Engineering Students' Motivation and ABET Program Outcomes? - A quasi-experimental study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of using a service learning (SL) method on influencing introductory engineering studentsí motivation and ABET program outcomes, compared to the effectiveness of using a conventional, non-service-learning (NSL) method. Results showed that the SL method was significantly more effective than the NSL method in terms of positively influencing studentsí interests, recognition of relevance, and satisfaction in learning and their self-assessed engineering abilities in three out of 11 ABET program outcomes. Interpretation of the results, application of the results to the course redesign, and recommendations for other engineering educators are provided. (The Institute for STEM Education and Research, July 2012)...

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